Using Multidisciplinary Victim-Centered Techniques to Investigate Labor Trafficking Cases

Thursday Oct 24, 2019 - 02:00pm to 03:00pm EDT
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The Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office) and the Institute for Intergovernmental Research (IIR) invite you to their webinar “Using Multidisciplinary Victim-Centered Techniques to Investigate Labor Trafficking Cases” on October 24, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET.

Investigators will benefit from learning about practices and innovative strategies to enhance their ability to uncover, investigate, and effectively prosecute labor trafficking. With appropriate training, access to critical resources, the application of emerging and promising practices, and trusted multidisciplinary relationships, significant progress can be made in identifying, apprehending, and convicting labor traffickers while safeguarding the lives of victims and their families. This webinar will examine several cases to identify the components of a successful labor trafficking investigation. Topics will include: 

  • An overview of labor trafficking, its definition, the different types of incidents, and indicators thereof
  • How a multidisciplinary, victim-centered approach is established in a labor trafficking scenario
  • Guidelines to conducting successful, strategic labor trafficking investigations

This webinar is recommended for investigators (law enforcement and prosecutorial) and other law enforcement personnel directly involved in labor trafficking cases. There is no registration fee or cost to participate in the webinar.

This resource was developed as part of the Partnerships to Address Labor Trafficking project, designed to improve awareness, responsiveness, and accountability among law enforcement, businesses, communities, and other stakeholders on labor trafficking. This project is a collaborative effort between the COPS Office and IIR.


Ms. Florrie Burke is a consultant on human trafficking to governmental and nongovernmental agencies. With two decades of specialized experience, she is a leading expert on the victim-centered approach in human trafficking cases and collaborative efforts of criminal justice actors and victim care providers. Ms. Burke is a founder of the Freedom Network USA and has done extensive training, speaking, and consultation on human trafficking issues, trauma, torture, gender violence, and exploitation, both in the United States and internationally. She serves as an expert witness on cases of human trafficking and has developed materials and trainings for global actors.

Ms. Evelyn Chumbow is a survivor of domestic servitude. Since 2014, Ms. Chumbow has been an advocate with the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking, and she was awarded the Presbyterian Peaceseeker Award for her efforts to combat human trafficking. She served as a presidential appointee to the U.S. Human Trafficking Survivor Advisory Council and has presented nationally on the needs of labor trafficking victims. Ms. Chumbow also serves as an ambassador for the Innovative Community Engagement Foundation’s Granting Courage Initiative, which assists survivors of human trafficking, and was the first recipient of its annual scholarship.

Mr. Terry Coonan is a professor of law and criminology at Florida State University (FSU) and the founding executive director of FSU’s Center for the Advancement of Human Rights, which has done leading work nationwide on human trafficking issues. As an attorney, he litigates pro bono cases on behalf of trafficking victims throughout Florida. Mr. Coonan has been a consultant on human trafficking issues with the U.S. Department of Justice, law enforcement officials, and service providers nationwide. Since 2011, he has served as the designer and lead trainer on human trafficking for the National Judicial College, delivering trainings to more than 2,000 judges in 36 U.S. states.

Mr. Luis C. deBaca is a former diplomat and prosecutor. He served at the U.S. State Department as Ambassador at Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and also served as the previous Director of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Previously, as a federal prosecutor in the Civil Rights Division, Mr. deBaca led investigations and prosecutions of dozens of forced labor and sex trafficking cases involving hundreds of victims, as well as guided policy efforts that led to the development of the modern “victim-centered approach” with victim protections such as the T Visa, the U.S. Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and the United Nations’ anti-trafficking protocol.

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